South Africa bans abalone fishing

first_imgSouth Africa has indefinitely suspended the fishing of abalone – commonly known as perlemoen – in its waters, effective from 1 February 2008.Wild abalone in South Africa has declined to such an extent that the resource is threatened with commercial extinction, says Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Minister of Environment and Tourism. (Image: South African Police Service)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa has indefinitely suspended abalone fishing in its waters, effective from February 2008, as marine authorities take drastic measures to protect the rapidly depleting shellfish species from commercial extinction.Illegal fishing and increased inward migration of a lobster species that destroy abalone habitat are being blamed for a decline in the shellfish’s numbers.Addressing the media following a Cabinet meeting this week, government spokesperson Themba Maseko said politicians had also approved a social plan to provide alternative employment opportunities for legal fishers of the shellfish, commonly known in South Africa as perlemoen.The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism states that there are currently 302 rights holders – 262 individual divers and 40 close corporations – operating in the sector, accounting for about 800 jobs.“Some of the measures incorporated in the social plan will include the development of a sustainable aqua-culture industry and issuing of additional permits for whale watching and shark-cage diving,” he said.Maseko conceded that it was not an easy decision to indefinitely suspend fishing of the species, but that the government had the responsibility to “strike a good balance” between the needs of coastal communities and the species becoming extinct.“Wednesday’s tough decision by Cabinet to support the suspension of wild abalone commercial fishing will ensure the survival of the species and will also ensure that our children and the generations that follow will know what perlemoen is,” Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said, welcoming the decision.“We are unfortunately at a point where the commercial harvesting of wild abalone can no longer be justified because the stock has declined to such an extent that the resource is threatened with commercial extinction.”One reason for the decline is the migration of West Coast Rock Lobster into abalone areas. The Rock Lobsters consume the sea urchins, which provide shelter to juvenile abalone.“This in turn subjects the juvenile abalone to increased mortality. Studies further show that unless decisive and immediate action is taken, the resource will collapse completely with little prospect of recovery,” he said.A main cause for the decline, however, has been rampant poaching over the years, as the shellfish is highly coveted and fetches high prices especially in the Far East, and had to be dealt with.“I want to give notice that if there is not a drastic decline in poaching I will have to apply my mind at the start of the next season as to whether it is perhaps time to consider a complete ban on all perlemoen harvesting for a period of ten years to allow the resource to recover,” Van Schalkwyk warned.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Box Notes Takes Its Shot Against Office

first_imgBox Notes goes live for all Box customers by early June.If you’re an up-and-coming cloud storage provider, you may have all the seamless integration tools with desktops, tablets and smartphones, as well as secure and encrypted storage features. But that’s no longer enough: the golden path to cloud nirvana for storage providers is the addition of live collaboration features for stored documents.It’s a path that Box has announced it will be taking today, with the private beta launch of its Box Notes tool.Though the messaging from Box is focused on the creation and sharing of ideas, they’re not really fooling anyone about the document-centric nature of the new tool, which from the looks of the demo video appears to be a smoother, streamlined version of Google Docs, with a little Facebook iconography thrown in for that social/cool effect.The video even takes a pot shot at Box’s real target: the collaborative tools found within Microsoft Office—specifically Word.Box has a particularly good chance to build a user base with this tool, especially given its recent push into higher education and the enterprise. But it may have a time limit on how long it has to make inroads.Office Is Still A Moving TargetOffice, particularly its current Office 365 incarnation, seems to be fair game for all sorts of cloud service vendors of late, perhaps because the cloud is being seen as the great playing-field leveler with the dominant Microsoft office suite.Box Notes looks to have a simple and integrated experience, which would indeed be an improvement on Office 365 and Google Docs, though how things work in a demo and how they work in reality can be entirely different.Also, the Box Notes editing does not appear to have a lot in the way of tools, which adopts the simple approach other collaboration tools have taken—an approach that seems to be creating a dichotomy in many businesses offices, where collaborative tools will be used for just collaboration, but the finished formatting will still be done in Microsoft Office.In a way, this is reflective of the practices of the mid 1990s, when many more documents were created in office suites, then finished up in desktop publishing programs.It is easy to point to services like Box Notes and Google Docs and claim they are disruptive for Microsoft Office. But if Office is used anyway at some point in the process, then what’s really getting disrupted? At some point, collaborative editors will need to get more robust editing tools if they want to really knock Office off the top of the hill.Don’t count on Microsoft lagging behind in collaboration and social tools for very long, though; Redmond is making big strides in this area and once they figure it out, vendors like Box may lose their shot. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#Box#Microsoft Office#Office 365 Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… brian proffittlast_img read more

No government in Haryana: Hooda

first_imgDemanding the resignation of Chief Minister M.L. Khattar, Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda has cast doubt over the “intentions” of the Haryana government. “It was either intentional or inexperience, there can be no other reason to explain the sheer breakdown of administration. One feels there is absolutely no government in seat in Haryana,” the former Chief Minister of the State told The Hindu on SaturdayBetween “intention” and “inexperience”, Mr. Hooda blamed “intentions” more for Friday’s mayhem. “Their intentions are not honourable. It is part of ‘vote bank’ politics,” he said. This is the third massive public protest under the vigil of Mr. Khattar. In the first one in November 2014, within months into the government, it took 20,000 security personnel to arrest self-styled guru Rampal from Hisar. Five women and an 18-month-old child were killed in the siege. Last year’s Jat agitation saw a similar death toll and loss of ₹34,000 crore worth of property. “After the Jat Andolan, they had appointed the Prakash Singh Committee, which studied the lapses. The committee had indicted an SP, a DIG, the Home Secretary and even the Chief Minister’s Office. Where is the report today? No one knows,” Mr. Hooda said. No lessons learntThe government, Mr. Hooda said, did not learn any lessons from its own “misadventure” during the Jat agitation. The Union government and the BJP, meanwhile, gave a clean chit to the Khattar government, appreciating the administration for reportedly bringing in order within hours. “The BJP can go on giving clean chit for themselves, [but the] people of Haryana have lost confidence in them and will not give them a clean chit now,” he said. “If they [BJP] believe that they have done an excellent job in handling the recent tension and also in the last three years, they should go in for fresh elections and the voters shall deliver the verdict,” he added.last_img read more

‘Braid chopping’ protests spread in Kashmir Valley

first_imgThe authorities closed all educational institutions in the Kashmir Valley on Thursday as protests over alleged braid chopping incidents spread in the Kashmir Valley. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti pledged to “unravel the motive behind these acts”.Educational institutes will remain closed onr Friday, too, “as a precautionary measure”, said the order issued by the office of the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir.students held demonstrations on the the Kashmir University and the Central University of Kashmir campuses over the incidents.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said, “These incidents are aimed at creating mass hysteria and undermining the dignity of the women in the State.” She said the government will “unravel the motives behind these attacks”.Suspected militants hurled a grenade outside a beauty parlour in Pulwama, which damaged the window panes. The police said militants lobbed the grenade near the Rajpora Chowk. “A girl suffered minor injuries in the attack,” said the police.Ceasefire violationMeanwhile, an Army jawan and a civilian porter were killed in Pakistani firing at forward areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.last_img read more

3 days agoMoyes tells Man Utd ace Pogba to stay put

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Moyes tells Man Utd ace Pogba to stay putby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba should stay with Manchester United, says former United boss David Moyes.The France international revealed in the summer he’s ready for a new challenge elsewhere.Moyes told talkSPORT: “Pogba is still Manchester United’s best midfield player and I think Pogba can play for any team in the world. He’d get a game for any team.“I’m not sure he’s a player who is consistent and makes a difference all the time.“I think for the profile he’s got, you hope he makes the difference. He doesn’t always do that for me.“But I think he should stay at Manchester United.“I don’t think he wins games like Messi does for Barcelona or Ronaldo’s done for Juventus.“He’s a really talented player and he’s got a lot to give.“His best for me was then he was at Juventus. He joined in more and got closer to the opposition box. Pogba is at his best getting near the box and trying to score a few goals.“If you were picking United’s team, I still think that Pogba would be in their midfield.” last_img read more

Video: Watch TCU RB Aaron Green Do LeBron James’ Powder Toss During A Snowstorm

first_imgAaron Green does LeBron-style powder toss with snow.It’s surprisingly snowing quite hard in Fort Worth, Texas, this afternoon. TCU running back Aaron Green is using the rare snowfall to channel one of his favorite athletes – LeBron James. Standing on the Horned Frogs’ campus, Green did the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star’s famed pre-game powder toss, using a snowball in place of the chalk. Check it out:  Well done, Aaron. TCU opens its season Sept. 3 against Minnesota in Minneapolis.last_img

AAC Football’s Official Twitter Account Trolled Penn State

first_imgAmerican Athletic Conference twitter page trolls Penn State.American TweetPenn State made some news yesterday when it was revealed that the team literally buried the game tape of its 27-10 season-opening loss to Temple with a shovel. In the embarrassing defeat, the Nittany Lions surrendered 10 sacks. While Penn State was ready to let that game go, the American Athletic Conference, of which Temple is a member, wants to relish the memory of it . That’s why the AAC’s official football Twitter account dropped a solid troll job on Penn State this morning. Penn State may have buried the game tape, but you can watch all 10 @Temple_FB sacks from Sat on our YouTube page https://t.co/xkp5lidkzS— American Football (@American_FB) September 9, 2015That’s tremendous. This was Temple’s first win over PSU in over 70 years, and they set a conference sack record in the process. The AAC doesn’t have many opportunities to brag about its football accomplishments, so it is understandably proud of the Owls’ performance.last_img read more

PM Holness at G20 Leaders’ Summit

first_imgThe Most Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of JamaicaG20 Leaders’ Summit, Buenos Aires, Argentina30th November – 1st December 2018__________________________________________________________________Session II: Climate Change ResilienceMr. President,The small island states of the Caribbean whose case I plead at this summit do not have the luxury of engaging in a philosophical debate on Climate Change. We are on the front lines. Every year without fail one or more of our our islands will be hit by weather events of greater frequency and intensity which can wipe out entire economies several times over in a few hours, as was the case last year.Small Island developing states must support the strengthening of a global system that secures a commitment to the 1.5 degree target, and the commitment to finance its achievement.I recently accepted the UN Secretary General’s invitation to Co-Chair the initiative on climate financing, jointly with my French colleague President Macron. I very much hope that we can count on all Leaders around this table to demonstrate their will to meet the longstanding commitment to mobilize the AGREED US$100 billion per annum by 2020 -while we seek as well to harness private sector investments towards the goal of building resilient infrastructure.While the international community works towards a consensus on the approach to the existential global threat of Climate Change, vulnerable states must act in their own behalf to adapt and build their own resilience. We have a duty to be fiscally responsible, energy smart, and embracive of technology and innovation in this regard. Jamaica holds it self out as a small island state that has embraced fiscal responsibility and energy diversity. With the help of our development partners from the IMF, IDB, and the world bank we have reduced our national debt from 147% of GDP in 2013, to be just under 100% now. With the support of the US We have diversified our energy sector away from heavy fuel oils. However, despite our efforts and ownership of the problem, these gains could be easily reversed with the direct hit of a single hurricane.It is for that reason that Jamaica has a simple, principle-oriented proposition: Countries that demonstrate fiscal credibility, and develop a track record of fiscal responsibility, but yet remain vulnerable to the fiscal impact of natural disasters, should be eligible for international cooperation and assistance in the acquisition of ex ante financial insulation for the cost of emergency response to natural disaster. Furthermore, GDP should not remain the sole determinant of graduation, where vulnerability so clearly impacts on small islands’ economic resilience. This aligns our commitment to promoting fiscal responsibility, Debt sustainability and climate resilience.We must move from Climate Talk, to Climate Action.last_img read more

Edmonton trying to deepen relationship with First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsEdmonton signed a “declaration on Aboriginal relations” in 2005 to improve relations with their Aboriginal residents.Since then a dozen cities have looked at emulating that model.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan takes a look at what impacts the strategy has had so far.last_img

Cong slams Modi govt over election commissioner Lavasa recusing himself from meetings

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress Saturday hit out at the Modi government over Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa recusing himself from EC meetings to discuss poll code violations, saying erosion of institutional integrity is the hallmark of the present dispensation. Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala cited a media report which claimed Lavasa, who disagreed with the poll panel’s decisions to clear Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah of charges of violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), has since May 4 recused himself from all meetings to discuss MCC issues. Lavasa has reportedly insisted that he will do so only after dissent notes and minority decisions are included in the orders of the commission. “The Election Commission or Election Omission! Another Dark Day for Democracy!” Surjewala tweeted, tagging the media report. “Sh Ashok Lavasa, Member CEC, who dissented on multiple occasions when EC was busy giving clean chits to Modi-Shah duo, opts out of EC as the ECI even refuse to record dissent notes,” he said. Erosion of institutional integrity is the hallmark of the Modi government, Surjewala alleged. “SC Judges going public, RBI Governor’s resigning, CBI Director getting removed, CVC giving vacuous reports, Now dividing Election Commission!” the Congress leader said in another tweet. Will EC save the embarrassment by recording Lavasa’s dissent notes, he asked.last_img read more